Robyn gave birth to her second child, Ethan Adam, June 29, 2015 in the comfort of her own home. Robyn's story is so special because literally the day before her son entered this world, her husband came home from a deployment in Kuwait. While Will, her husband, only had a short time on leave to be with his family, his timing couldn't have been more perfect.
I asked Robyn to give her thoughts on why she chose to have a birth photographer this time around and her words are as follows...
"....I knew I wanted a birth photographer for Ethan's birth because I hate that I only have maybe 3 photos of me laboring with our daughter, Daniella. I was so in my zone (with both labors) and I knew having photos would help me remember parts of the labor I would otherwise forget. Also, I really wanted my husband to be IN THE MOMENT, instead of behind a camera meeting our baby for the first time. With a birth photographer there, I didn't have to sacrifice him being the photographer or miss out on being there for me. Also, we got to capture the emotions of him during the birth, not just mine. What I love most about having a professional photographer there, is I get to relive Ethan's birth anytime I want. I'm so excited to be able to share these photos with my children when they are older! I can't wait to show Daniella photos of her meeting her brother for the first time, & explaining that she was there the whole time during his birth."
I asked Robyn how she felt about her comfort laboring and birthing with me present, and how she felt about the price level for birth photography. Her response was as follows.
"...I honestly did not even know you were the the majority of the time. I remember looking at my photos and asking you 'Did you stand on my toilet?' or, 'How did you get that shot?!' I didn't see any camera flashes, I didn't hear you, you were never in my way, and certainly didn't hinder my ability to birth my baby. I recommend expecting women meet their birth photographer a few times to become more comfortable with them. Chances are, you will share an interest and love all things birth & pregnancy related. As far a birth photography pricing goes, I would say it's definitely an investment. Just like your wedding day. But births are much more intimate and you don't have a bunch of friend snapping photos of different things throughout the day. You will hands down cherish these photos forever, and for me, it was worth every single penny. One huge suggestion I have for women choosing a birth photographer, is to include that you are registered with Brittany Humes Photography, and they can gift you with making a donation to your balance!"
While I absolutely love photographing belly bumps and newborn sessions, I'd be lying if I didn't say births are my deepest passion. To be able to capture such an irreplaceable moment in my clients' lives, there is no greater gift. I know birth photography isn't for everyone, and thats ok. My goal is to normalize birth and show that birth is beautiful. It SHOULD be photographed & treasured forever. It's the day you meet your child for the very first time, how incredible is that? <3